SPF on Sunscreens, More than Just Numbers

Most people are aware of the importance of applying sun block or sunscreen lotion before going to the beach or spending time outdoors. Sunscreens with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB are effective in protecting the skin from sunburn and delaying signs of aging like wrinkles, dry skin and hyper pigmentation. It also helps in preventing some types of skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend the use of sun block every day or whenever going outdoors. But since not all sunscreens are the same, one must choose the right product to match their skin and consider the SPF rating to get maximum protection from these products.

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SPF or Sun Protection Factor is an indicator of the protection level that one can get from the UVB rays. A sunscreen with SPF 15 for instance protects the users from UVB rays fifteen times longer than individuals without sunscreen. Those who intend to spend long hours outdoors or go out during the peak hours of the sun should go for higher SPF levels to get the most protection. Skin cancer advocates consider a minimum of SPF 15 as sufficient for the usual everyday routine and at least an SPF 30 for intense outdoor activities. However, it is false to assume that the increment in SPF level is proportional to the increased level of protection. Studies show that there is only 4% to 5% difference in the amount of UVB rays filtered by an SPF 15 sunscreen compared to those of an SPF 30 and SPF 50 products. The increase in SPF levels gives you longer protection period, but the time and frequency of reapplication still depends on the skin type of the person or how fast the skin can get sun burn without any protection. An SPF 15 for instance can offer protection of up to approximately five hours for skin types that can last 20 minutes in the sun without getting sun burn.

In general, Dermatologists recommend sunscreen to be applied at least 20 minutes before going out and reapplying after about two hours. The SPF in sunscreens are more than just labels, it serves as a guide on how to protect your skin effectively against the harmful rays of the sun. Products with a minimum of SPF 15 and a broad-spectrum coverage are your best sun protection buddies for the sunny days of summer, so don’t forget to factor-in the SPF in choosing your sunscreen.

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Food for Healthy Skin



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Lemon and Tomato for that Youthful Glow


If you had a penny for every time your mom or grandma told you to eat your vegetables when you were a kid, you’d probably be filthy rich by now. What they didn’t tell you back then, was that some veggies- when applied directly to your skin- can almost miraculously give you that flawlessly smooth and supple skin models would kill for. From the plethora of wonder fruits and veggies, the combination which proves to be good for your skin is the lemon and tomato.

tomatoes are good for the skinTomatoes are naturally rich in Lycopene- a phytochemical which not only gives the tomato its red color, but also acts as an antioxidant which slows down the process of skin aging. Combine this with lemon juice which is rich in Vitamins A and C, and you’ve got a power product for your skin. This marriage between antioxidants and vitamins- and not that cute hunk around the block- is responsible for that rosy glow on your skin. They help exfoliate your skin, and get rid of unflattering dead skin cells.

Other than a diet rich in fruits and veggies, you can push your pimple-fighting regimen along with this lemon-tomato face rub: sprinkle some lemon juice on a few slices of tomato, and cool inside the fridge for at least 30 minutes. After rinsing your face and neck with plain water, dab it dry and then rub the tomato slices on your skin. Leave the tomato-lemon rub on your skin for fifteen minutes, then rinse and pat dry. You should begin to see results in a week. If the lemon juice irritates your skin, you can sprinkle less on the tomatoes.

Lemon itself is is good in killing bacteria, add a bit of honey and your skin will get a good moisturized look in no time. To do this, you’ll need one tablespoon of lemon juice squeezed in a bowl wit one table spoon of honey applied to your face and left for like 10 to 15 minutes. Get a warm wash cloth to remove the the mask (lemon-honey combo) by wiping it off.

tomato lemon for skinAnother recommended home-remedy concoction for the face is the tomato-sugar scrub. To do this, slice off a tomato and sprinkle with about 2-3 tablespoons of sugar.  Scrub this all over your face giving more attention on any troubled spots that need extra exfoliation. Leave this on your face/neck for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water then towel dry.

Whatever the reason for your breakouts- humidity or hormones- the key to fighting those blemishes is in prevention. You can keep breakouts at bay with a cheaper alternative to skin care, such as this lemon tomato combo. Caring for your skin need not burn a hole in your wallet. With a few ingredients in your kitchen, you can greatly improve the condition of your skin.


Skin Firming Cream Products: Do They Really Work?


The skin is the human body’s largest organ and its roles are very crucial to overall health and well being. Some of its notable functions are protection against pathogens, temperature regulation, insulation, and production of Vitamin D folates, among others.

Because the skin is exposed to a myriad of harmful elements, damages are rampant to those who do not take care of their health and those who age. In terms of aging, as one gets older, the skin may sag and lose its luster. As such, many people are always on the hunt for skin firming cream products and other solutions that are specifically designed to counteract skin sagging and other problems.

How to Differentiate Effective Products from Useless Ones

skin firming lotionThe market is filled with so many skin firming cream products that are said to contain skin moisturizers. On the other hand, some of them do not contain adequate levels of the said components; as such, they are useless according to international standards.

Also, some of the mentioned products only provide temporary solution since they do not really help in collagen and elastin remodelling. The said essential proteins keep the skin firm and supple. For this reason, the skin firming cream that will be purchased should contain appropriately high levels of collagen and elastin.

In addition to elastin and collagen, there are several ingredients skin firming cream products should contain so that they can work as advertised. Some components include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Q10, and other compounds that can shun away free radicals that may cause skin damage and therefore counteract the tale signs of skin sagging and aging.

Furthermore, the skin firming cream that will be purchased need to contain sufficient levels of oil and water since the two components are essential to those who want to achieve well hydrated skin. It should be noted that proper hydration is one of the most overlooked elements of healthy skin.

With a myriad of skin firming cream products out on the market, purchasing the right one can be tricky in many ways. In the end, interested individuals who want to achieve the vibrant and supple skin that they have always wanted should scrupulously check the ingredients before buying.

Aside from using reputable skin firming cream products, those who want to achieve healthy skin should also make it a point to maintain a healthy lifestyle that include regular exercise and nutritious diet. This is because complementing the use of the mentioned products with the two natural remedies can go a long way in terms of counteracting skin sagging.  

Pamela is a blogger and a health enthusiast. She writes about the latest health tips, advances, researches, and more.   

Just Another Skin-related post

Just when I thought I am free from the skin troubles that young adults face,I started having pimples again. I can’t say that it is exactly adult acne but I’m not dropping the possibility. I am 30 and yet I feel like that time when I would be frustrated seeing one pimple pop up my face…that was 15 years ago!

We all know that healthy eating and lots of water makes the skin healthy too. So why, even with my preference of eating fruits and healthy stuff, this still happened? I blame my not taking contraceptive pills anymore. This caused hormonal imbalance making pimples show up at my back and cheeks. I have been using a waterbased cleanser for the pimples, at the moment I do not see any improvement so I took in supplements containing carotene and vitamin E, which boosts skin health as studies suggested. A good source of vitamin E, avocado, is now part of my daily diet.

There are lots of facial products that are sold in the market nowadays, I believe though that each individual’s skin is unique and would respond differently to various components, that’s why its best to visit a dermatologist to help you out with skin problems. Otherwise, if you opt to buy products without medication, be sure that you understand well the “ingredients” used in them.